Can Hypnotherapy Assist People Who Stammer?
Bobby G. Bodenhamer
Abstract: • Can hypnotherapy assist people who block and stammer?
• Why is it that most people who stammer (PWS) speak consistently fluent in some situations such as when
alone, when speaking to a pet or when speaking to people with whom they experience comfort and safety
in their presence; but, in other contexts they block and stammer regularly?
• Is a speech problem that is context dependent a physical problem or a cognitive problem?
• Why is it that when the PWS block and stammer there is always fear and/ or anxiety present but when
they are fluent, fear and anxiety are absent?
• Is hypnotherapy effective with people suffering from fear and anxiety disorders?
The Impact of Imagery on Cogntion and Belief Systems
Abstract: Imagery, sometimes known as guided imagery or visualisation, is both a mental process (as in imagining) and
a multitude of procedures used in therapy to promote changes in attitudes, behaviour, or physiological
reactions. As a mental process, it is often defined as “any thought representing a sensory quality”. It includes,
as well as the visual, all the other senses - tactile, aural, olfactory and kinesthetic. As a compilation of
techniques, imagery is based on Ahsen’s (1968) theory that personality and consciousness are made up of
images, and to correct personality one must identify and change distorted images. The client explores the
internal forms that help to increase his understanding of her or his behaviour. Thereby, she or he gains more
control over the behaviour
Exploring the Link Between ABO Blood-Group Philosophy
and the Stress-Response
Abstract: This article considers the influence of the individual's ABO blood-group classification when the human
organism responds to a stressor in terms of both physiological and psychological stress-manifestations.
Part 1 outlines the current theories with regard to the stress-response and its association with the individual's
blood-group classification. Parts 2 to 6 outline some of the results of a research project which has examined
these stress-related theories with the emphasis on the analysis of personality traits and disease susceptibility.
Survey-respondents were drawn mainly from clinical practitioners and their clients in the UK. The results
showed some definitive correlation between the stress-response and personality traits yet the findings
rendered some considerably varied results with regard to diseases, disorders and other dysfunctional
conditions. Part 9 concludes by providing the hypnotherapist with some guidelines for incorporating
knowledge of blood-group philosophy into practice when working with clients.
Zone In: Using Hypnosis in Sport Psychology
Abstract: Sport psychology has embraced a brave, new world. The following article will elucidate how hypnosis enables
athletes to create change quickly and effectively. Clinicians with a basic knowledge of hypnosis will be
afforded an opportunity to enhance their skills working with athletes while learning many advanced hypnotic
interventions. This approach is known as Ericksonian brief, clinical sport psychology.
Can Clinical Hypnosis Prevent Stress-Related Immunodeficiency? A Review of Literature
Abstract: To determine the effect of hypnotic intervention on stress-related immune deficiency six prime research
papers, in which hypnosis was applied in an attempt to influence cellular immune function, were selected.
Reviewed studies included hypnosis interventions combined with self-hypnosis and self-relaxation training or
imagery applied on healthy adults during perceived stressful events. Studies undertaken on minors or elderly
persons, or on patients with compromised immunity, chronic or acute, were excluded.
Four studies showed that hypnosis improved immune response to stress and appeared to modulate the
effects of stress on mood. Two studies showed no significant changes in immunological assay following the
This review inclines to the suggestion that hypnosis may be a successful tool in reducing immunological
disregulation associated with stress, and in preventing stress-related illnesses. Larger scale research,
involving a broader range of hypnotisables, may validate these findings. Further development of research
methodologies in various areas is suggested.